The prior article in this series examined the use of UTMA and UGMA accounts. This article will focus on 529 plans. The next article in the series will examine ABLE accounts. A 529 plan, otherwise known as a qualified tuition plan, is a tax-sheltered way of saving for education. 529 plans are sponsored by states, state agencies, or educational institutions. For a helpful guide to the various 529 plans, click here. A contribution to a 529 plan is not federally income tax-deductible, though … [Read more...] about What Are 529 Plans and What Are Their Advantages?
UGMA and UTMA accounts are accounts in which a custodian holds assets for a minor. An UGMA account is one under the Uniform Gift to Minors Act. An UTMA account is one under the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act. States which have such accounts have rules which can vary slightly. UGMA accounts must end when the minor reaches age 18 (or other age in the state statute), at which time the assets must be distributed outright to the (now former) minor. UGMA accounts are somewhat more limited in the … [Read more...] about What Are UGMA and UTMA Accounts?